Mars Petcare US just announced that it was doing a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility. The pet food is being recalled in the US because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund.
Salmonella is known to cause serious infections in dogs and cats. Cross contamination with people is also possible due to handling of the pet food. People who are prone to the infection are mainly those with compromised immune systems and children or the aged. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with the said product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
On the other hand, pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Others would have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pains. It is also possible that those without symptoms can be carriers of the infection and could pass it on to other pets or other people. In the event that your pet has consumed the said product, it is suggested that you take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
On July 29, 2008, Mars Petcare stopped production at the Everson facility when it was alerted of a possible link between dry pet food produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. Though there is still no direct link or evidence that the product produced at the plant was responsible for the infection, the company is implementing precautionary measures with the voluntary recall. Until the company has secured sufficient evidence that the infection did not originate from the Everson plant, it will continue to hold production in that facility.